Pablo Sanz


Pablo Sanz. entangled. Detail of a microphone built by the artist. Brazilian Amazon, 2015
Pablo Sanz. entangled. Detail of a microphone built by the artist. Brazilian Amazon, 2015

Between August and September 2015, Pablo Sanz conducted fieldwork in the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves in Brazil’s central Amazon. In different areas of the rainforest, on flood land and dry land, he amassed close to three hundred hours of field recordings, compiling the sounds of the daily activities of animal and plant species, as well as ground sounds and water flows. These recordings make up the material that forms entangled, a project that folds out into a series of multi-channel, ambisonic installations, events and concerts adapted to the place in which they are set up. 

In the Museo Reina Sofía, tHis piece is arranged in a concert for an immersive 16-speaker system, set up especially for the occasion inside an almost fully dark space to bring forth a more in-depth listening experience. The work, moreover, is unique in its critical use of the phonographic technique and the reconsideration of concepts from experimental traditions such as the soundscape and sound object, examined through new ecological thought. Some of these ideas are developed in accompanying texts by Tim Ingold and Timothy Morton on the Museo Reina Sofía website. There is a need, however, to emphasise that these concepts and theories do not look to explain the work. Rather, they help to verbalise what will occur in this artistic experience.

Pablo Sanz (Madrid, 1981) is an artist, musician, teacher and researcher. He holds a degree in Fine Arts, specialising in ArtScience and Soundology, from the University of the Arts The Hague, and a PhD in Sound Art and Electracoustic Composition from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, and is a co-founding member, starting in 2004, of the platform. He was also artistic director of the International Creation Meeting Sensxperiment 2009–2011: Sensorial Immersion, held in Lucena and Córdoba. His oeuvre includes site-specific works, public art, radiophonic works, label releases, concerts and installations, and his research revolves around listening, time, space, materiality, vitality and non-human creativity. He has presented his work and runs courses and workshops internationally in Europe, South America, the USA and Australia.  

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